Rok 1968 v té druhé Evropě

VARŠAVA – V Paříži, Západním Berlíně, Londýně a Římě se jaro 1968 neslo ve znamení studentských protestů proti válce ve Vietnamu. Rovněž ve Varšavě studenti protestovali, ale z jiných důvodů než jejich západní protějšky. Mladí Poláci nevyšli do varšavských ulic skandovat „Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho Či Min“ ze solidarity s Vietkongem, nýbrž aby hájili svobodu a kulturu své země před dusivou komunistickou vládou.

Namísto skandování Ho Či Minova jména vyvěsili mladí Poláci vlajky pod pomníkem Adama Mickiewicze, básníka devatenáctého století, jehož drama Tryzny napsané na oslavu boje za svobodu bylo krátce předtím označeno za podvratné a protisovětské a jeho adaptace ve varšavském Národním divadle zrušena.

Toto jsou jen některé z rozdílů mezi západoevropskými a východoevropskými studenty v dobách jarní vzpoury před čtyřiceti lety. Ačkoliv obě mladistvé revolty uskutečnila stejná generace a obě měly podobnou formu pouličních demonstrací a okupačních stávek, studentské rebelie na obou stranách železné opony charakterizovalo mnohem více odlišností než podobností.

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